Sunday, November 30, 2008

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Sunday, Nov. 30, 3:15pm!

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State of the Black World Conference II
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State of the Black World Conference II DVDs
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$15.00 Each
Set of 5 - $60.00
Complete Set of 7 - $80.00
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# 1 National Town Hall Meeting
The Black Agenda and the 2008 Presidential Election
Moderated by Bev Smith and Mark Thompson
Panelists: Marc Morial, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Dr. Ronald Walters, Dr. Iva Carruthers, Atty. Nkechi Taifa, Dr. Elsie Scott, Atty. Faya Rose Sanders, Dr. Mtangulizi Sanyika

# 2 Pan African Policy Forum
The Role of the Diaspora in the Development of Africa and the Caribbean
Moderated by Danny Glover
Panelists: Ambassador Dudley Thompson, Ambassador H.E. Amina Ali, Ambassador Abdul Iscandari, Ambassador to the United Nations, Sierra Leone Minister Abel Agbebleo, National Assembly Member Cristalina Perleira

# 3 Ndaba I -- Opening Session
The Future of the Black Freedom Stuggle: A New Generation of Leadership
Moderated by Dr. Kimberly Ellis and Mark Thompson, Intro by Dr. James Turner
Panelists: Malika Sanders, Marc Lamont Hill, Davey D, Veronica Conway, Thenjiwe
Keynote Address: Dr. Ron Daniels

# 4 Ndaba II -- Call to Work
Moderated by Rick Adams
Keynote Address: Dr. Maulana Karenga

# 5 National Mentoring Care Working Session
Speaker/Presenter: Susan Taylor

# 6 Cultural Extravaganza and Legacy Awards Celebration
Moderated by Dr. Ron Daniels
Award Recipients: Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Honorable Dudley Thompson, Dr. Adelaide Sanford, Susan Taylor, Sonia Sanchez, Haki Madhubuti, Dr. Maulana Karenga, Willie "Mukasa" Ricks

# 7 Ndaba III -- Call to Faith and Action
Moderated by Leonard Dunston and Jackie Patterson
Keynote Speaker: Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

More Feedback from the SOBWC II!

And the headlines keep rolling in!

The State of the Black World Conference II has had an inspiring impact upon attendees, participants and supporters alike. Check it out!:

Front Cover of the Final Call Newspaper This Week!

The Town Hall Meeting offering Public Policy to President-Elect Barack Obama, airs on C-SPAN, Sunday, Nov. 30, 3:15pm.

Brother Jesse Muhammad's Blog:
A New Generation of Leadership: State of the Black World Conference 3

Dr. Julianne Malveaux on Barack Obama, Jesse Jackson, The Black Left and the SOBWC:
"Commentary... An Olive Branch for Jesse Jackson"

Dr. Maulana Karenga in the Los Angeles Sentinel:
"Taking Struggle Seriously"

Ashahed Muhammad's Article:
State of the Black World: Accepting Our Responsibility

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Click here to watch the video of NYOIL, Davey D, Jasiri X, Paradise and Dr. Goddess interviewing Rev. Jeremiah Wright (There's been some edited deletions but it's a great compilation nonetheless).

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Monday, November 24, 2008

The State of the Black World Was Phenomenal!

Thank you all for your support for and participation in the phenomenal State of the Black World Conference II in New Orleans, LA this past weekend. The leadership institute, the workshops, the speakers, the networking, the artistry, the poetry, the singing, the discussions, the building, the agenda-setting, the solution-providing, the work accomplished, the music, the leadership, the awards, the sharing, the caring, the love . . . it was all there.

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We'll be posting information about when the Town Hall Meeting will be aired on C-SPAN shortly; but if you can't wait, CLICK HERE TO SEE some of the video.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN to this interview of the younger generation (Davey D, NYOIL, Jasiri X, Paradise Gray and Dr. Goddess) with our elder, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award by the IBW this year.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER the DVD of Minister Louis Farrakhan's Address.

We are now moving to maintain our networks for the Institute of the Black World and continue with the solutions-oriented success of leadership in our communities and beyond.

On behalf of our Convener and President of the Institute of the Black World, Ron Daniels, and the entire Planning Committee, thank you for your support and we forward to continuing to build, lead, learn, grow and love.

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p.s. Obama!

p.p.s. The "Obama Poem" will be made available shortly!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

President-Elect Obama to be Focus of Global Black Leaders

Count Down to State of the Black World Conference

President-Elect Barack Hussein Obama to be Focus of Global Black Leaders

Our Agenda in Our Time

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State of the Black World Conference
Nov. 19 – 23, 2008
New Orleans, LA
Ernest R. Morial Convention Center
Astor Crown Plaza
(Conference Headquarters, Rooms still available!)
739 Canal Street, adjacent to the French Quarter, 504-962-0500

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And . . .


As hundreds of participants prepare to journey to New Orleans for the potentially milestone conference, we are delighted to announce that the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam and the visionary architect of the historic Million Man March and Day of Atonement, has agreed to attend the conference to accept the Institute of the Black World’s Legacy Award and deliver the keynote address at the final session, The Call to Faith and Struggle, Sunday, November 23. Minister Farrakhan’s address will be a fitting climax to the SOBWC given his strong support for the process of building the Institute of the Black World over the years.


Building a constituency for Haiti in the U.S., particularly among African Americans is the principal international work of IBW via the Haiti Support Project. Accordingly, Dr. Ron Daniels has asked Massachusetts State Representative Marie St. Fleur and Dr. Joseph Baptiste, President of the National Organization for the Advancement of Haitians (NOAH), to join him in Co-Convening a Special Session on Haiti, Friday November 21, 9:00 am – 12:00 Noon at the Astor Crowne Plaza, the headquarters hotel for SOBWC. An invitation has been extended to President Rene Preval or his designee to attend the conference to participate in this session and the Pan African Policy Forum. Congress Members John Conyers, Donald Payne, Yvette Clarke, Gregory Meeks and Kendrick Meek have also been invited to participate in this session – which will take up the following agenda:

▪ Key policy issues which should be addressed by the new administration in order to enhance the process of democracy and development in Haiti.

▪ Creating an effective humanitarian aid and developmental assistance network in the African American community with an emphasis on the education.

▪ Promoting cultural-historical tourism, especially among African Americans, as an important source of economic development.


IBW/SOBWC is eager to contribute to the process of forging mutually beneficial bonds among people of African descent throughout the Black World to achieve the following basic goals:

▪ Promote cultural and educational exchanges as the basis for building functional unity

▪ Encourage cultural historical tourism as a source for economic development for people of African descent nations and countries with significant African populations. Encourage economic/business investment

▪ Encourage the practice of Pan Africanism within the increasing diverse African community in the U.S. by building bridges and promoting operational unity among Continental Africans, Caribbean Americans, Afro-Latinos and African Americans.

▪ Positively impact U.S. policy towards Africa, the Caribbean, Central and South America

Schedule for Pan African Policy Forum

Friday, November 21, 1:00 – 5:00 PM -- A Heads of State, Ministerial, Ambassadorial and Government level Roundtable:

▪ The Role of the Diaspora in Developing Sustainable African Nations

Saturday, November 22, 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM -- Three sessions focused on the following themes/issues:

▪ The New “Scramble” for Africa: Challenges and Opportunities -- 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

▪ Envisioning the Future of Africa in 2050 -- 2:30 - 5:00 PM

▪ Mobilizing the Diaspora to Impact Policy Toward Africa and the Caribbean -- 5:00 - 6:30 PM

Confirmed and Invited Speakers and Panelists Include:
Hon. Dudley Thompson, former Foreign Minister and Minister of Security, Jamaica
Hon. Zainab Bangura, Foreign Minister of Sierra Leone *
Hon. Prince Olagunsoye Oyinola, Governor of Osun State, Nigeria *
Hon. H.E. Amina Ali, African Union Ambassador to the U.S.
Dr. Ousmane Sene, Director, West African Research Center, Senegal
Danny Glover, Chairman of the Board, Trans Africa Forum
Emira Woods, Co-Director, Foreign Focus, Institute of Policy Studies
Nicole C. Lee, President, Trans Africa Forum
Dr. Niara Sudarkasa, President Emeritus, Lincoln University
Dr. James Turner, Chairman Emeritus, Africana Studies/Research Center, Cornell University
Maurice Carney, Friends of the Congo
Ben Afrifa, African Federation
Briggs Bomba, Africa Action
James Early, Director, Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Joseph Beasley, President African Ascensions
Dr. Jemadari Kamara, Black Studies Department, UMass/Boston
Minister Akbar Muhammad, Nation of Islam

*Invited/confirmation pending


One of the highlights of SOBWC will be the inclusion of a new generation of young Black leaders in all aspects of the conference. The Opening INDABA will showcase some of the most outstanding young leaders in Black America. Moderated by Africana Studies Scholar, Activist and Cultural Artist Dr. Kimberly C. Ellis, the opening panel on "The Future of the Black Freedom Struggle" will include:

Monifa Akinwole Bandele, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
Bakari Kitwana, Author / Cultural Critic, "The Hip Hop Generation"
Malika Sanders, 21st Century Movement, Selma Alabama
Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, Correspondent, Fox News, Professor, Temple University
Davey D, Hip Hop Journalist, "Breakdown FM"
Veronica Conway, CCPC, Black Professional Coaches Alliance


Dr. James Turner, Chairman Emeritus, Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University will offer opening remarks on the historic role of young leadership in liberations struggles as context for the panel discussion.

Dr. Ron Daniels, President of IBW will conclude the session with the Keynote Address.


High profile edu-tainment and fundraising event, Saturday evening November 22,, 9:30 PM – 12:00 AM to honor long distance leaders in the Black Freedom Struggle and concluding with a “Party with a Purpose.” Music by Cyril Neville (of the Neville Brothers) and Tribe 13. Poetry and Spoken Word by Haki Madhubuti and Sonia Sanchez with invited guest Talib Kweli.

Legacy Awards

Hon. Dudley Thompson, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Susan Taylor, Danny Glover, Hon. Minister Louis Farrakhan, Dr. Vincent Harding, Sonia Sanchez, Haki Madhubuti, Congressman John Conyers, President Imari Obadele, Dr. Adelaide Sanford, Dr. Josef Ben-Jochannan, Dr. Walter Lomax, Grand Master Mele Mel, Kool Moe Dee, the Neville Brothers

Pan African Service Award

Willie "Mukasa" Ricks

The Who’s Who of Black America Will Be In New Orleans for SOBWC Partial List of Confirmed Participants

Bev Smith, Rev. Al Sharpton, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Marc Morial, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, George Fraser, Dr. Elsie Scott, Atty. Faya Rose Sanders, Susan Taylor, Dr. Iva Carruthers, Emira Woods, Dr. E. Faye Williams, Makani Themba-Nixon, Dr. Maulana Karenga, Haki Madhubuti, Sonia Sanchez, Jim Clingman, Danny Glover, NYOIL, Greg Akili, Congressman John Conyers, Councilwoman JoAnn Watson, Councilman Charles Barron, Grand Master Mele Mel, Kool Moe Dee, Davey D, Bakari Kitwana, Monifa Akinwole Bandele, Malika Sanders, Dr. Kimberly C. Ellis, Kimberly Richards, Rick Adams, Mtangulizi Sanyika, Jaribu Hill, Askia Muhammad Toure, Nkechi Taifa, Adjoa Aiyetoro, James Early, Minister Akbar Muhammad, Marc Batson, Bob Bullard, Dr. Beverly Wright, Dedrick Muhammad, Kenny Barnes, Mustafa Santiago Ali, Vincent Sylvain, Lorraine Jacques-White and Danny Glover.


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